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from the News & Observer,
“My nails are all gone,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “I’ve been biting them for a month or so here. I could see with our inconsistency it was predictable that we would get ourselves into this position. Like any team that sits where we do in this group of four or five teams, we’re all concerned.
“But I still feel we have a strong team and everything is right there for us. The toughest part for us is getting in. I think once we get in, some of that extra pressure that this team has dealt with being the defending champions will go away.”
from the Sun-Sentinel,
Martin sent a letter to all season-ticket holders Wednesday night detailing his future plans for the organization and outlining his reasoning behind trading Roberts, Bertuzzi and Joel Kwiatkowski.
“I think that is part of a general manager’s responsibility,” Martin said. “As a general manager, you have a plan for your organization and I think your fans have a right to know what the plan is.”
As stated in the letter, Martin’s plan is a four-tier process that began with Tuesday’s trading deadline and will continue to evolve through the NHL Draft in June, free-agent signings in July and subsequent roster moves during next season’s training camp. Martin is confident that the salary-cap flexibility created by the trades will help the Panthers woo star free agents.
from the Mercury News,
He can score. He still fights on occasion. He makes things difficult.
In the locker room, former teammates say, the man the Sharks acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday for a serious post-season run has yet another role.
``He knows how to loosen guys up,’’ said defenseman Kyle McLaren, who played alongside Guerin for two seasons in Boston.
What? A shaving-cream-in-the-skates kind of guy?
``If need be,’’ Guerin said. ``Sometimes I draw first blood, sometimes I don’t.’‘
from the Taiwan Journal,
The swishing sound of skates on ice at Taipei Arena’s skating rink could easily induce tranquility, were it not for the accompanying thunks of hockey pucks smashing into plastic partitions, the shrill screech of a referee’s whistle, and the grunting and occasional profanity from testosterone-hyped players as their bodies crashed into the walls.
Despite the sport’s excitement, as well as its grace and dynamism, ice hockey is not a common topic of discussion in Taiwan, sometimes even among those attending games.
“I don’t really understand the rules,” said Hazel Chung as she watched the Tigers play the Raptors in the second game of a triple-header Jan. 21. Chung was present as part of a 15-member group cheering on their coworker Nick Iadenza, Raptors No. 14. “I only know when a goal has been scored,” Chung confessed, “but it’s really interesting.”
Listen (122MB) as Chris talks about Bertuzzi, Calder, teams in the West, the Sabres/Sens game and other topics.
At about the 2 minute mark, Chris lost his connection but comes back in about 30 seconds and the audio breaks up again at about the 9 minute mark for about 10 seconds.
Also, you may have to turn up the volume to listen.
A big thanks to The Stoney & Wojo Show on WDFN for the use of the audio.
added 10:02pm, A KK member was kind enough to do some of his audio magic and he created two additional audio files for those that may be having problems with the original audio link.
He also cleaned up the file too, increasing your listening pleasure.
added 10:49pm, HockeyFights.com has a good write-up on the Chelios interview with Jim Rome today.
Also, I may be experiencing an issue on my server end with the above audio links. You may experience some “jumping” if you listen online. I will try to get this problem corrected tomorrow.
Best bet may be to download the lower quality link (smaller in size) and then listen with your audio player.
Top goals for the month of February. Great stuff… just short of 7 1/2 minutes.
From Terry Frei on ESPN,
Q: What division was strengthened the most?
A: Pacific, hands down. Bill Guerin, whether playing with buddy Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, bolsters the Sharks. The Kings’ bizarre and inexplicable serving up of warrior, heart-and-soul defenseman Mattias Norstrom to the Stars was the most underplayed move on deadline day.
from the New York Islanders,
One reporter asked how Smyth would respond now that he’s not playing for the team he grew up idolizing.
“Every day I’m proud to be playing in the National Hockey League,” said Smyth. “When I get onto that ice, I think about nothing but being at the rink and doing whatever it takes to help the team win. I’ll do whatever Ted wants me to do even if it means putting my teeth in front of a shot.”
The four-time 30 goal scorer said he was “honored and flattered” by the Islanders’ fans responses to his arrival on Long Island.
NEW YORK (March 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for February.
FIRST STAR—HENRIK ZETTERBERG, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS
Zetterberg led all NHL scorers in February, tallying 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games. He scored five game-winning goals and posted a +9 rating as the Red Wings went 8-2-2 and reached the 40-victory mark for the ninth consecutive season (40-16-8). Playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, Zetterberg had multiple points in seven contests, highlighted by three, four-point games. He tallied one goal and three assists in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Feb. 2, recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-4 win over the Calgary Flames Feb. 11 and recorded three goals and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 17. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in points (68), goals (33) and shots (224), and leads the NHL with 10 game-winning goals.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Come playoff time, the Penguins are going to face conservative strategies because few teams will be willing to trade chances. Checking lines will try to contain Pittsburgh’s top line. Every save will be important—the big and the routine. That’s how teams win in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh will play past the regular season a year earlier than most thought, but its playoff chances may hinge more on Fleury than Crosby—and right now, that can’t be a comforting thought for Penguins fans.
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